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contretemps

Fencing a feint made with the purpose of producing a counterthrust from one's opponent
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"Don't pick a fight with me, you certainly won't come out alive," threatens the sister during one contretemps.
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T is hard to imagine W S Gilbert pitching the plot of Iolanthe to a present-day producer: "You see, it's about a colony of fairies who meet the entire House of Lords in a rustic dingle and after a contretemps involving a half-mortal, half-fairy shepherd and his plans to marry the ward of court of the Lord Chancellor, the Fairy Queen uses her powers to subvert Parliament and the Peerage, but then the fairies fall in love with the Peers and the Fairy Queen herself takes a fancy to a sentry standing guard at Westminster and it turns out that the Lord Chancellor was married to a fairy all along."
The author was born in Cameroun (1934) and is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Yaounde in Cameroun, and the author of numerous books (i.e., A Recapture of Christianity, A contretemps. L enjeu de Dieu en Afrique, La Democratie de transit au Cameroun, L Affaire de la philosophie africaine.
Mr Johnson was being interviewed for the channel's Murnaghan programme when the contretemps occurred.
Observers categorize them into scandals involving illicit love or lust, financial contretemps, sex videos, suspensions or expulsions from shows, skeletons rattling in the gender closet, unplanned pregnancies, sibling rivalry or manipulative momagers and dead-ending careers.
The JTA report on the contretemps noted that Finkielkraut is "a declared Zionist" and a supporter of the liberal Zionist group JCall.
Ex-Glasgow Govan MP Mohammad Sarwar is having a contretemps with his brother, Mohammed Ramzan.
But as the contretemps over the terror list shows, a common history of distrust and antagonism has left the path strewn with obstacles.
Just as he is making a point in his contretemps with Rodgers, just as he is making a point in selecting Theo Walcott so soon after his recovery, just as he is making a point in dropping Glen Johnson.
causing a bit of contretemps," Fallon said during the show, sitting behind his desk at NBC's Rockefeller Center in New York City.